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Old February 9th, 2006, 09:37 PM   #21
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 04:38 PM   #22
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21/03/2006

Acropolis Museum to display hidden ‘masterpieces’ in 2007

Thousands of ancient artifacts to go on public view for first time





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The new Acropolis museum rises up in the foreground as the Parthenon, in the background, towers above the construction. After visiting the site, Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis reiterated yesterday that the much-awaited museum would be ready to receive visitors by the end of next year.
He said the whole project would cost 129 million euros, much of which was spent on appropriating the land. The building will contain a 14,000-square-meter exhibition area, where artifacts that have never been seen by the public before will go on display. Some of the heavy sculptures will be moved on to the premises this summer.


By Nicholas Paphitis - The Associated Press

Thousands of ancient artifacts from the Acropolis never seen by the public will be showcased at a landmark new Athens museum expected to open late next year, Greek officials said yesterday.

The 14,000-square-meter (150,000-square-foot) exhibition area will contain more than 4,000 works — 10 times the amount currently on display at a cramped museum on the Acropolis. Most have been kept in storage for decades.

We are talking about masterpieces that have never been seen,” including bronze and pottery artifacts found on the slopes of the fortified hill, said senior project official Nikos Damalitis.

All the 2,500-year-old Parthenon sculptures in Greek possession will be displayed on a full-sized model of the temple inside the museum, which is being built at the foot of the Acropolis hill.

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But one part of the model will remain empty where the so-called Elgin Marbles — sculptures removed from the Parthenon 200 years ago — would have stood.

The marbles are housed in London’s British Museum, and Greece has lobbied unsuccessfully for years for their return.
“I believe we can intensify our efforts (for the marbles to be returned) and find a different approach, perhaps a friendlier one,” Culture Minister Giorgos Voulgarakis said after a visit to the museum construction site.

“We do not want all the antiquities that have been taken from Greece, we are just interested in the specific artifacts.”

The long-delayed 129-million-euro (US$157 million) museum will be completed in March 2007, Voulgarakis said — three months behind earlier forecasts.

Voulgarakis did not account for the later completion date, saying only he was “extremely pleased” with the pace of construction.

“It is our ambition to have the building finished in a year from now,” he said.

Project director Dimitris Pantermalis said the museum will open to visitors by the end of 2007.

Initially scheduled for completion before the 2004 Athens Olympics, construction of the 20,000-square-meter glass and concrete museum has been delayed by long-running legal fights and new archaeological discoveries at the site.

The two-story building will be capped by a glass hall containing the Parthenon works while allowing visitors a direct view of the ancient temple, some 300 meters away.

Pantermalis said some of the sculptures will be installed in the summer, as construction proceeds.

“We will start moving the heavy sculptures in July,” he said.

“It will be possible to remove them at a later stage, if necessary, and they will be protected against earthquakes.”

Greece is highly earthquake-prone, and a 5.9-magnitude quake near Athens in 1999 killed 143 people while damaging thousands of buildings in the capital. Designed by US-based architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Greece’s Michael Photiades, the building is based on 94 shock absorbers at ground level. “These will function like ball bearings to isolate the structure,” Damalitis said.

The museum will also incorporate, under a glass cover, building remains from a third- to seventh-century Athenian neighborhood discovered in the 1990s during preliminary work on the site.
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 05:32 PM   #23
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Skaro, a million thanks for the update. True, the new museum is expected to accomodate its first exhibits by mid 2007. Probably the most important new Museum in Europe for this decade, in terms of significance of exhibits.
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AMAZING ATHENS!


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Actually Giorgo, there is a big restoration project going on.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...041202463.html


For example:



A replica of an ancient column capital is seen on top of two ancient drums and a modern replica at the Acropolis in Athens, Wednesday, April 12, 2006. The 2.2-ton marble piece is an exact copy of a 5th century BC Ionic capital and took over two years to carve by hand, using ancient techniques. It will form part of the Propylaea monumental gate, which is undergoing extensive restoration and scheduled for completion by 2007. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)


All by hand, just as it was constructed thousands of years ago.


Some more examples, you can see the white marble (new) and the old (faded):





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Old June 11th, 2006, 08:21 PM   #25
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I haven't seen this thread before... Well done GM...
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Old June 11th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #26
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While announcing the extra funding, a Culture Ministry release urged state archaeologists and conservators handling the works — which started in 1975 and are not expected to finish before 2020 — to step up their pace and improve the project’s organization.
Are they going to rebuild the Parthenon?
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Old June 14th, 2006, 08:53 PM   #27
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Well Done gm2263
The Parthenon and the Acropolis in general is a true masterpiece!
I voted for it for the New 7 Wonders of the World at
http://www.new7wonders.com/index.php
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Old December 4th, 2006, 08:29 PM   #28
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Acropolis in the Snow: Picture by Nick Koutsonikas in the website of Nikitas Kaklamanis, our new mayor.



Picture taken in winter 2004.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #29
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Time to revive this thread with the occasion of the official opening of the of the Athens Acropolis Museum on Saturday 20 June 2009.

A new chapter for an ages old monument opens...



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Old June 20th, 2009, 11:55 AM   #30
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Its good that it exists, but its an awful looking building. Why not try to build something that even remotely fits in with its surroundings? It just a glass box by the looks of it.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 07:56 PM   #31
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I disagree. I think it is a very good piece of modern architecture. However I agree that it might not fit its surroundings. However there is only a tiny strip of greek neoclassical/athenian buildings on either of its sides (behind it being the parthenon) and in front it's the cement jungle of architecturally insignificant blocks of apartments built in the 70's I think. The museum's design does much to improve that eyesore.
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Old July 2nd, 2009, 02:35 PM   #32
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Thanks for the picture. I will be visiting Athens next august and I will visit it.
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I disagree. I think it is a very good piece of modern architecture. However I agree that it might not fit its surroundings. However there is only a tiny strip of greek neoclassical/athenian buildings on either of its sides (behind it being the parthenon) and in front it's the cement jungle of architecturally insignificant blocks of apartments built in the 70's I think. The museum's design does much to improve that eyesore.
The public cares for it now because it is new, but 30 years down the road will it still be a 'very good piece of modern architecture'?
For something so important they should have designed it to be timeless, not faddish and hip.
Besides, why do you need classic buildings around this structure for it to be classical?
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Old January 21st, 2013, 12:52 AM   #34
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Cutaway Images of the Parthenon

I want to use the two cutaway images you have posted in an essay I am writing for a college exam. Can you tell me what publication they are from? It looks like they were copied from a magazine.

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I really want to see all that beauty in person.
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I agree that the museum doesn't do the Parthenon justice.
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